|Proposer||(43854) Dana Tumal (firstname.lastname@example.org) obscode: TDAB|
|Assigned To||(3663) Dirk Terrell|
|Date Submitted||March 8, 2021|
For my senior capstone project, I am working on observing various variable star targets and plotting their lightcurves using multiple programs such as Lightkurve, SExtractor, and Python in order to mathematically verify their known periods. I am observing and imaging well-known and studied variable stars from the types that can are visible from the northern and southern hemispheres. I started my project out by observing stars at the University of Maine’s campus telescope at the Maynard F. Jordan Observatory but with the combination of poor weather conditions last fall and various other issues caused by COVID-19, I was unable to sufficient data. I am now working remotely from Massachusetts and have limited access to the observatory through graduate students who are in the Orono, ME area. In addition to having to move home, the Astronomy department has decided that it is due time to update the computer system for the observatory and it is therefore in maintenance mode for the next few weeks. I have also been using the robotic telescope service SLOOH to obtain more observational data. While SLOOH is a great service, their available telescopes do not have the specifications I need for my project; they do not use UBVRI filters on most of their telescopes and it is difficult to get enough observations in on a given night with the number of people using the website. They use Bayer LRGB filters on the majority of their telescopes, and have just recently launched a Johnson BVR option for membership holders on the Chile Two telescope; however, the Chile Two telescope is widely popular among SLOOH members and there are rarely open slots available to schedule missions. There are also often periods of time in which the Chile telescope is unusable, possibly due to faulty machine operation, but little information is given to members when this happens. With all the obstacles I’ve run into thus far, I would like to supplement the data I get from the University of Maine graduate students with another remote observatory such as the BSM New Mexico station that has different weather conditions than the east coast and is likely more readily available.
|Target||RA (H.HH)||Dec (D.DD)||Magnitude||Telescope||Observation Frequency||Expiration Date||Proprietary Term|
|W Gem||6.582625||15.33047||7.39–6.54||BSM_NH2||—||Sept. 13, 2021||6 Months|
Dirk- I had added a complete list of my targets and they are now not appearing. Only my first target is showing up. I am going to be adding them below for your review:
W Gem 06 34 57.45 +15 19 49.7 6.54-7.39
WW Aur 06 32 27.18 +32 27 17.6 5.79-6.54
T Mon 06 25 13.0 +07 05 08 5.58-6.62
NZ Gem 07 42 3.22 +14 12 30.7 5.52-5.72
ST Tau 05 45 3.16 +13 34 34.9 7.79-8.02
R Mus 12 42 5.00 -69 24 27.2 5.93-6.73
GD 64 04 57 22.5 +41 55 56.5
SA 26-219 06 42 23.1 +44 47 54.4
GD 421 01 51 10.3 +67 39 32.25
GD 153 12 57 2.33 +22 01 52.66
Ok, the TAC is now considering your proposal.
Hi Dirk! I was wondering what my next steps are now that my proposal has been accepted; I read that the telescopes are robotically operated, so that means that the images are set and taken automatically? I didn't know how to get my images as I did not specify for them to go to VPhot automatically, but I am not able to log into the other link given on the BSM page (it asks me to enter in my username and password for the server, but my username and password for my AAVSO membership account did not work). How can I get my images? Is there a volunteer I should be working with closely to get my photos taken the way I need them for my project? Thanks for all your help!!
Once Ken Menzies allocates your project to the system, he can help with the observing details and image downloads.
Pardon, which is the reason for your images - your capstone project or to learn future job skills. proposal is ambiguous about available data?
Once the plan is committed and images are taken, you will get a "you have data" email when images are in your vphot account.
Are you a member? What is your observer code? I did not see this above and could not find you on the member profile page.
What filters do you want used?
What is the time frame of your capstone project?
Committed to NH, NM, TX, Berry.
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